Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame review: Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame

You can choose from a few different views, either via the remote or by pressing a switch on the top of the frame: single, multi-image, clock, calendar, and random. In a nice touch, you can cycle through the single-image view to display EXIF information. The clock view is a bit confusing, since it displays the date and time when the accompanying photograph was taken rather than the current date and time. This might work a bit better for the calendar view, which instead shows current date and time. You can also just use the frame as a big LCD clock or calendar, white on black or black on white, analog or digital.

The menus are easy to navigate, primarily because the frame doesn't offer many options. These include a variety of display intervals, a few effects (but no None), and display order. The frame supports automatic rotation and display orientation; entire image versus fit-to-screen scaling; separate controls for the LCD backlight and brightness; an on/off timer; and support for the usual handful of Western languages as well as Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

All things considered, the D80 operates pretty quickly. It's one of the faster models we've seen at copying and resizing images, and it can render large, full-size photos without hesitation. Only the index thumbnail display can get annoyingly slow, and it won't let you interrupt it until it's rendered all the thumbs on the screen.

I really like the display quality of this frame. With 800x600 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio, photos look sharp enough, with few jaggies. The D80 has a bit better dynamic range than I'm used to seeing; highlights and shadows render pretty well, colors and skin tones are pretty accurate, and there's little visible color contouring. As with all LCD frames, when the frame is positioned vertically the viewing angle on one side is only about 25 degrees before the image inverts/disappears.

Though it's a bit pricey for the basic features, the Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame DPF-D80 does provide everything most users probably want, especially the more technologically averse, as well as above average display quality.

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Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame

Part Number: DPFD82/B Released: Sep 26, 2008

MSRP: $129.99

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  • Release date Sep 26, 2008
  • Weight 1.8 lbs
  • Device Type digital photo frame